Russia and US launch joint military exercises
2 June 2005, GRAFENWOHR - Former Cold War enemies Russia and America launched their first joint military exercises on German territory on Thursday.
2 June 2005
GRAFENWOHR - Former Cold War enemies Russia and America launched their first joint military exercises on German territory on Thursday.
The exercises took place at the US military base in Grafenwohr in the southern state of Bavaria, and involved around 500 soldiers from both countries. Armoured tanks carried out manoeuvres on terrain used by the US army for warfare simulations and to test new weapons.
The name of the joint operation was 'Torgau 2005', inspired by the eastern city of Torgau where the World War Two allies met on 25 April 1945, shortly before defeating the Nazi regime. Camp Grafenwohr was one of the Hitler's army's main training grounds during the Nazi period.
A US officer taking part in the exercise commented "We want to remove the barriers so we can co-operate more in the future", in remarks quoted by Deutsche Welle.
The joint exercises started last month at a camp located near Moscow.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: German news